Molinari wins British Open

Molinari wins British Open

Woods has won eight times on Firestone's South Course, accounting for nearly one tenth of all his PGA Tour wins, with his most recent victory in 2013, but he has not played in any WGC events since 2014. Francesco was in a white overall, caddying for elder brother Edoardo in the Masters at Augusta. He converted the birdie for a two under 69 and eight under total.

Despite being in hot form, the Italian was sailing under the radar. All he did at the BMW PGA Championship was go head-to-head with McIlroy in the final round and beat him by two. With the attention firmly on a field of fluttering stars, Francesco went about his business with an unwavering commitment to his own game.

Whichever it is, something tells us the Twitter trolling, internet-surfing, heavy caffeine intaking and book-reading may be put on hold for a few more years.

Molinari finished at 8-under 276, the lowest score in eight Opens at Carnoustie, the course where Jean Van de Velde threw away the British Open with a triple bogey on the last hole in 1999, where Padraig Harrington twice hit into Barry Burn on the last hole to make double bogey and still won.

END OF A STREAK: Americans had won the last five major championships until Molinari's victory at the British Open. "I'm very proud", he said after rocketing from 15th to sixth in the world rankings and clinching his place in Europe's team for the Ryder Cup in France in September. "I know that they know how much this championship means to me and how much it feels good to be back playing again".

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"It's just disbelief. Like I said, to look at the names on that Claret Jug, obviously, what can you say?" "I feel like it's been a good week".

QUOTEWORTHY: "If someone was expecting a charge, they probably weren't expecting it from me".

"I am lost for words really".

Justin Rose reignited English hope with a stirring performance over the weekend. Rory McIlroy was one shot behind Molinari. Jordan Spieth was tied for the lead.

Indeed, he had 13 successive pars before a birdie at the long 14th hole and then another birdie at the 18th.

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"He fits the bill.since 2003, no one has hit more fairways in an Open championship than Molinari". Considering he started the year ranked 656th in the world, qualifying for the invitational is a big achievement. There was to be no encore for the young man.

The 14-time major victor started the last round four shots back from a leading overnight trio that included reigning champion Jordan Spieth.

He was gracious in his moment of desolate defeat, paying a rich tribute to Francesco. He's been working his butt off.

"The only thing they've seen is my struggles and the pain I was going through". I loved seeing him jump to 20th. It's the best golfers in history and to be on there it's incredible.

"Tiger was great today", he said after pocketing the first prize of $1.89 million and becoming Italy's first major victor. Our inherent bias and desire for a champion moulded in the cast of our own perceptions is a unusual human fixation.

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Woods, his playing partner, was the first to congratulate him but the celebration was slightly subdued knowing there were still four players out on the course who could still tie.

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